Indian eves confident ahead of Malaysia matches

The Indian women’s football team is confident of a good show against Malaysia in the two international friendlies scheduled on July 29 and 31.

The Indian women’s team will play two international friendlies against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.   -  AIFF

The Indian women’s football team is confident of a good show against Malaysia in the two international friendlies scheduled on July 29 and 31.

The two matches have been arranged by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to provide more exposure to the women’s team. The team arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday after attending a 12-day camp in Delhi.

“The two matches will provide the girls valuable match experience which will help them in the future. An International match adds to your confidence and the entire squad is looking forward to it,” Head Coach Maymol Rocky said.

“I need to thank the AIFF for the two International Friendlies. Women’s Football in India has been on a high with the inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League being a huge hit earlier this year,” she added. “That has added to the confidence of the girls as well,” she said.

Striker Bala Devi, who has been declared the captain rated Malaysia as a “strong opponent.”

“They are a strong team. But we need to play better than them, and we will try our best,” she stated. “We have practised very hard and are raring to go.”

“It’s nice to be training under Maymol-Ma’am. Though there is always that comfort level with her, she has always been a hard task master. But we are not complaining as we understand that she wants us to be better players.”

“The two matches will help us immensely and I need to thank the AIFF for providing us such an exposure tour,” she added.

Meanwhile, Ashalata Devi has been named the vice-captain.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Panthoi Chanu, Roshini Devi.

Defenders: Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Radharani Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Tony Devi.

Midfielders: Premi Devi, Prameshori Devi, Lochana Munda, Sanju, Mandakini Devi, Ritu Rani, Bindyarani Devi.

Strikers: Bala Devi, Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, Kashmina.

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